CURRENT AFFAIRS 11TH APRIL

SC Collegium recommends Justice Vikram Nath as First Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh HC

Supreme Court Collegium recommended that Allahabad High Court judge, Justice Vikram Nath appointed as the first Chief Justice of the recently constituted Andhra Pradesh High Court at Amaravati. The office of the Andhra Pradesh High Court Chief Justice has been lying vacant since the day of its inception. Justice Vikram Nath obtained his law degree in 1986.

Benjamin Netanyahu elected for 5th term as Israel's Prime Minister

Netanyahu defeated centrist ex-military chief Benny Gantz, whose nascent Blue and White party emerged as a viable alternative to Netanyahu’s decade in power. With over 97% votes counted, Netanyahu’s Likud party tied with the Blue and White party, winning 35 seats each in the 120-member Knesset. Netanyahu’s victory came amid allegations of corruption against him and his wife. His campaign has focused heavily on his friendship with President Donald Trump and his success in cultivating new allies, such as China, India and Brazil.

Emami Limited ropes in Varun Dhawan as Navratna Cool brand ambassador

Emami Limited roped in Indian actor Varun Dhawan as brand ambassador of Navratna Cool. The TV commercials are directed by Luv Kalla and shot in the UK. Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Govinda, Chiranjeevi, Shilpa Shetty and Jr NTR served as Brand Ambassadors of Navaratna Brand.

India bow out of 2020 Olympic Qualifying tournament

The Indian women’s football team bowed out on an opportunity to qualify for the third round of the 2020 Olympic qualifiers. The Indian team win to top Group A but it lead twice to play out a 3-3 draw against Myanmar to bow out of the competition.

Government Retains Interest Rate For General Provident Fund at 8%

The government has declared the interest rate for General Provident Fund (GPF), Contributory Provident Fund and other related schemes at 8 per cent for the first quarter of the current financial year. The interest rate on these funds was at 8% in January-March quarter of 2018-19 and government kept it unchanged for April to June for 2019-20. The interest rate will be applicable on provident funds of central government employees, railways and defence forces.

Smriti Mandhana Named Wisden’s Leading Women’s Cricketer Of The Year

Women’s Team India opener Smriti Mandhana has been named as the Wisden Almanack’s ‘Leading Women’s Cricketer of the Year’. The 22-year-old is currently the top-ranked player in women’s ODIs and third in T20Is. In 2018, Mandhana scored 669 runs at an average of 66.90 in 12 ODIs and 622 runs at a strike-rate of 130.67 in 25 T20Is.

India-Singapore Joint Military Exercise ‘Bold Kurukshetra–2019’

Military forces of India and Singapore got together to participate in a joint exercise in Babina Cantonment in Jhansi. This joint military exercise is three-day exercise. The joint military exercise  ‘Bold Kurukshetra–2019’, is being conducted to develop military technology, boost maritime security and bolster the nations’ fight against terrorism.

Astronomers Capture First-ever Image of A Black Hole

Astronomers have taken the first-ever image of a black hole, which is located in a distant galaxy known as ‘Messier 87’ (M87). The image which has been captured by a network of eight telescopes across the world shows an intensely bright ‘ring of fire’ surrounding a perfectly circular dark hole. The ‘Event Horizon Telescope’ captured the image from the galaxy that is 50 million lightyears away.

National Safe Motherhood Day is celebrated on April 11

National Safe Motherhood Day (NSMD) is observed annually on 11 April to raise awareness about the proper healthcare of women and maternity facilities to pregnant and lactating women. The theme of 2019 NSMD is “Midwives for Mothers”. This day is an  initiative of the White Ribbon Alliance India (WRAI) to provide women with various healthcare programs during pregnancy, childbirth and post-natal services. This day is first celebrated in 2003. 11 April is the anniversary day of Kasturba Gandhi’s birth.


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